Grateful Dead Live at Greek Theatre, U. Of California on 1988-07-15
- Live concert
- Grateful Dead
- DeadLists Project
2nd Row Behind Healy (see notes): Schoeps CMC42S (Spaced Omni 14' Split --> Oade Power Supply --> Sony PCM-F1 with Apogee modified A/D filters; Transfer: PCM Master-> Sony PCM 601ES -> RME Hammerfall > Soundforge 4.5/CD Architect > CDR; Recording and Transfer: Sean Weber-small; EAC> Shn via MKW .97 by Bill Gardner
- 2004-07-07 11:59:33
- PCM Master-> Sony PCM 601ES -> RME Hammerfall > Soundforge 4.5/CD Architect > CDR; Recording and Transfer: Sean Weber-small; EAC> Shn via MKW .97 by Bill Gardner
- Berkeley, CA
- 2nd Row Behind Healy (see notes): Schoeps CMC42S (Spaced Omni 14' Split --> Oade Power Supply --> Sony PCM-F1 with Apogee modified A/D filters
Subject: Excellent recording of an excellent show!
Subject: "." Nonintuitive
Subject: High Energy!!
Subject: Excellent Greek Shows
Subject: ex rec, pg show
Show is quite good, riddled with forgotten lyrics and with Weir being terribly out of tune post space (odd that he doesn't hear it, doesn't hit MUTE and just tune up, but odd also that Garcia can't unwind what verse is what....). But there's a ton of desire and truly delightful stuff happening otherwise.
Subject: Thank you Thank you Thank you
Subject: My First Greek Shows
The scene: my first Greek Theater shows! After driving the bus all over for the east coast summer, I flew out for these shows. I remember first going into the Greek and walking around the walkway at the top of the seating and not believing how tiny the place was. What a cool venue! Before getting here, I don't think I'd even seen pictures of it (just heard lots of tapes :). Old Greek coliseum style seating, a view out over the Bay across to SF, a little "dance"way around the top of the seating and a grass area up above that with some bleacher seats. I had done NYE 87, then Alpine earlier this summer, and so the Greek was the last of the "monuments" (missed out on ever seeing a Red Rocks show). I didn't have anywhere to stay after this show, but my sister had her VW and I wound up sleeping on the grass in the Panhandle next to her bus (her bus only slept two and she was with her bo). Woke up the next day and went to the free show in Golden Gate Park (more on that in my review of the next night).
The music: Set I: Shakedown is always good, but this one definitely explores some interesting ground. Check out Brent leading Jerry into some nice scale deviations to take things a little off the beaten path. FOTD is really fluid and peaks really nicely during Jerry's solo. Never Trust is a sweet taste of Brent and the Hammond. The jam in Cassidy starts with some great interplay - Jerry and Bobby finishing each other's phrases. The jam winds up not being tremendous, like they gave up on it before it could go anywhere really special. But Bertha to end the set is a nice surprise.
Set II: The jam in Scarlet starts off nice and loose with everyone contributing. Again, some nice west coast style laid back jamming. The transition into Fire is a little quicker than is ideal (especially given the really long one we got at SPAC a couple of weeks earlier), but it's still really nice. Fire has some really nice peaks to it and is about as good a Fire as I can recall for 88. Women R is hot, with Brent leading the charge into high energy territory. Estimated is good as well. The vocal improv section isn't anything special, but the jam is nice and isn't too abrievated. Miracle>Wheel>GSL is good, but not particularly great. Brent makes us wait for the proper Hammond intro to GSL until the third time around. The first two times, it's his piano mixed with some guitar and synth. It's painful to hear, but then when he comes in with the real thing, it makes it sound that much better. Some nice rappin at the end too by Brent. Check out Bobby using some MIDI sounds on Dew (was this one of the first times he was using MIDI outside of space?). Phil's bass makes some nice appearances here as well. The peak on this Dew is really fantastic. That deep almost helicopter-like sound of Brent's B3 winding up is enough to send me over the edge. Great stuff. Bobby's off-key howls in Lovelight are just embarassing. Hey Bobby, Donna called and she wants her voice back. Unfortunate end to an otherwise fantastic show.
Subject: Where were you?
Subject: nice show, good recording
Subject: Yet another downloadworthy Oade Aud
Subject: Patch in Dew
Subject: Great set-list . Worthy, eager performance to a wide-eyed appreciating fanbase
2nd Set: "Scarlet" comes in soon after 60 seconds of tune-up...enthusiastically received, it's nicely played... but its not all that jammy. "Fire" is a different story; climaxing several times (esp. 7:40) It's clean and effortless, thumbs up. "Man Smart" is pretty typical good times. "Ship" doesn't do anything to steer this course from the good destination. "Estimated" catches fire during the middle of its jammy section (4:50) Plenty of twisty7 speculation into the netherregions follows and it eventually disintegrates into "Drums" Both it and "Space" are under 8 minutes tonight; they move quickly...the latter features some interesting clanging noises... "Miracle" is a good time and not as cheesy as the norm. "The Wheel" is pretty unnnecessary at this time, but it's standard. Fun noodling for a minute before they commit to "Gimme." It heats up especially during the third verse, clap along... solid Phil lay-downs through this and last half of the "Dew." Jerry's really giving it his vocal-all, whether it sounds good or not...Brent's got some odd carnivalesque noises coming in... a very well-intentioned, Brent carrying the forceful load late, but not amazingly transcendental.
After two and a half minutes of well-deserved loud roaring applause, they offer a casually enjoyable, nice, simple combined final shakedown/cool-off "Lovelite" finale.
3 3/4 stars
Subject: Phil Bombs
Subject: A simpler time, indeed
Subject: Great recording of a great show
Of particular note is the excellence of this recording, one of the best Ive ever heard. The SBD Matrix also sounds good, but I would strongly recommend this version to anyone who really enjoys a superb audience recording.
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